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I sent a fiction revision to Ladybug in April and received an acceptance in early June. A little less than 2 months on a R&R. 

The initial submission through Submittable though - a little less than 6 months to hear back with the rejection and invitation to revise and resubmit.

So hang in there. I’m sure you’ll hear back, though it may take some time. Good luck to all!
#31 - July 05, 2018, 03:48 PM
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Just wanted to post an update on long wait times (with regard to status change) for others who might be experiencing the same.

I submitted a poem to Babybug on 5/11, and it's still listed as "received." So it's been almost 13 weeks. I know to expect long wait times in general, but it's interesting that it's taking so long to move to "in progress." I'm aware that editors can individually view submissions without the status changing, so it's possible that that's what's happening...or there could just be a giant backlog of submissions.
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I was actually thinking that maybe Cricket Media is taking a summer break.   From the entries that have been posted on submission grinder
 ( https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ ), it looks as if there have been no responses from any of the Cricket magazines in quite some time.
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I was actually thinking that maybe Cricket Media is taking a summer break.   From the entries that have been posted on submission grinder
 ( https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ ), it looks as if there have been no responses from any of the Cricket magazines in quite some time.

Oh man. Yeah I have poems that have been stuck in received since April 2018.

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I was actually thinking that maybe Cricket Media is taking a summer break.   From the entries that have been posted on submission grinder
 ( https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ ), it looks as if there have been no responses from any of the Cricket magazines in quite some time.

That would make a lot of sense, Hopeful.

Is it just me, or does it seem like both big imprints (Carus/Highlights) are really slowing things down, lately? (For example, closing for periods of time, specifying types of submissions, etc.) As someone who is new to the children's magazine market, it's making me a little nervous. I wish I'd thought to start submitting ten years ago!

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Kelsey,

I think summer is slow in general.  I also don't think it helps that Submittable makes it so easy to submit manuscripts to magazines like Highlights and Cricket.  All it takes is a press of a button to send in your piece.  I bet these magazines are swamped with submissions.  What's even worse is that the number of print publications has been shrinking over the years with the declining number of print subscribers.  So, yes.  It is a tough market for freelancers.  If you don't have an agent, there really don't seem to be too many options either.  Just my 2 cents for what it's worth.
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The magazines themselves are also smaller with more online content being offered. The same thing has happened with local print newspapers. Digital is cheaper to produce.
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